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YG Covers 'Fader,' Talks About Recent Shooting Incident And DJ Mustard

The Compton rapper dishes on his life after the shooting and his relationship with his star producer.

Adrien Vargas // REVOLT

The cover of The Fader magazine's most recent issue flaunts an image of a Virgin Mary tattoo on the head of none other than YG.

In his cover story, the Bompton rapper opens up about the night he got shot this past June and current his relationship with DJ Mustard. YG also reflects on his upbringing and offers a few details about his upcoming sophomore album, Still Krazy.

On his Compton lifestyle:

“All my friends was gangbangers. We was breaking in houses before school. After school, we was partying. We going to Paramount High School. It was a lot of riots—Mexican and black riots, gang fights. They called us to the office one day like, ‘Y’all gotta go. Y’all are the reason all this is going on, y’all the head honchos.’ We in the 10th grade!

“Our culture is gang bang shit. So as a kid, this all we see. Mamas and them trying to keep us away from it—my mama was—but some homies’ mamas was [banging]. They all from the same hood. So you seeing this shit as a little kid. It’s scary. It’s the shit your people don’t want you to do.”

On his falling out and reconciliation with DJ Mustard:

"That's how it be sometimes when niggas is like, homies and business. We solid. We A1."

On being a recent target of violence:

"I feel like this: Los Angeles County is sick right now. It's bad. Everybody mad out here right now. All the young motherfuckers, they getting money, they motivated. We had something to do with the because we camp up. It brought opportunity for motherfuckers and shed more light on the West Coast. The music shit start popping again out here...We got something to do with that. But at the same time, it's a lot of motherfuckers that's mad because they see what Im doing, and they want my spot so bad."

The Fader 101 issue hits newsstands December 15.

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